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Lanze Apr 21, 2005 12:29 PM

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I have a lot of pictures like this one..... very dark :(

Can anybody correct this?, and explain how to do it? :roll:


VTphotog Apr 22, 2005 1:22 AM

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Wow! Almost as dark as the proverbial black cat at midnight.

I used the auto level tool in Photoimpact to bring up the lighting, and tried a bit of gaussian blur. Then used Picturecooler to reduce the noise somewhat. Back to Photoimpact to adjust levels to reduce excess green in shadows. Copied, blurred and overlaid. Final level adjustment.

I'm afraid I couldn't do very much for this picture, as the noise level was so high relative to signal.

It appears that your camera exposed for the reflections of the flash off the trophies, leaving the rest dark. If your camera has ADI flash mode (Advanced Distance Integration - Minota's term), that usually gives better overall exposure than TTL (Through The Lens) type flash.


Stevekin Apr 22, 2005 5:00 AM

Brian is right, there is not much that can be done to 'save' this picture, certainly nothing I would want to print. My effort involved making a layer via copy, Ctrl + J, then stting the blend mode from normal to screen. Now press Ctrl + J several times and the image will become brighter each time you create another layer. Do this until you have a reasonable image, I did it 6 or 7 times. Then flatten the image, adjusted the levels and run Noise Ninja, (noise removal). Finally, sharpened with Photokit Sharpener. Tried 2 or 3 times, this is the best, to my eye, that I could come up with.

With you other images, at least you will be able to recognize the people in the photos, even if you don't print them.


trademarxz Apr 22, 2005 6:44 AM


WOw.. you part of the CSI team? Great work.. another mission impossible eh..


rob_strain Apr 22, 2005 10:34 AM

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I made an attempt to remove the color cast starting with Stevekin's work, but there is nothing that can be done with the top half's blue tone.

Lanze Apr 22, 2005 10:45 AM

Thanks to all of you guys, definetly you made miracles!

jsiladi Apr 22, 2005 9:10 PM

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Here's my stab at it.. I ran it through helicon filter first..

to get rid of the noise.. Then photoshopped with a high pass filter to sharpen it a bit.. Looks about the same as the rest.. Had to cut the size down some for posting as the helicon filter actually doubled the size (250K upload limit here at steves)..


bugshutter Apr 25, 2005 7:19 PM

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Well, not a very good picture beit photographer or cameras fault. After everything else, I thought maybe taking all of those pixated colors out might help the overall clarity.

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